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medicare's future. when families are scraping to pay their medical bills, fraud, waste and abuse in our healthcare system are simply unacceptable. so today the president has asked us to put criminals on notice. the attorney general and i have convened this unprecedented summit featuring leaders from the public and private healthcare sectors because we believe the problem with healthcare fraud is even bigger than government, law enforcement or the private industry can handle alone. we'll need all of us working together to solve it. in the fight to prevent, find, catch and prosecute the crooks, we want every good idea we can get. everyone here has something to offer because healthcare fraud is a national problem. it affects federal programs like medicare, state programs like medicaid and private insurance companies. we're all vulnerable because we're all part of a healthcare system that's undergoing rapid growth. between 1970 and today, america's annual healthcare spending has gone from $75 million to over $2.5 billion. that's produced significant benefits for patients but it's also creat
reviews and investigations of medicare and medicaid fraud. some have resulted in prosecutions and other in new program integrity functions to prevent health care fraud. he has been the inspector general since september 2004 and is the senior official responsible for audits, evaluations, investigations, and general law enforcement for all hhs projects. it is an honor to introduce my colleague, dan levinson. [applause] >> thank you very much. i cannot pass up an opportunity to say hello, good morning, and welcome you here as early as possible. this is such an important event for our office of inspector general because fighting fraud is what we are all about. on behalf of the 1500 dedicated professionals of our office, welcome to what looks to be a very interesting and what i undoubtedly believe will be very productive day as we gather throughout these breakout sessions to drill down on some of the most important issues concerning health-care integrity that our programs face. again, i think you will be hearing this from others as well, when one of every three americans depends upon an effi
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in social security and medicare. cuts in social security an medicare. i would simply say to them, look at where we are. look at where we are. social security and medicare are both cash negative today. the trustees of medicare say that medicare will go broke in eight years. social security will take somewhat longer. but both are on a path to insolvency if we fail to act. mr. president, it hasn't just been from the more liberal side of the spectrum that the criticism has come. also on the right. "the wall street journal," ran this editorial calling the debt reduction commission or the deficit commission a trap. they say it is a trap that will lead to higher taxes, to more revenue. so on the left and the right we have those complaining that if you move forward to deal with the debt, you're going to make reductions in programs and you're goi i think that's undeniably the case. if you're going to deal with this debt threat, we are going to have to make changes in the spending prowewewewewe are goine changes in the revenue base of the country. i would suggest for those who are concerned abou
like this ♪ >>> a lot of us remember that. some seniors could be getting new twist in their medicare drug program. who better to promote it than the man who coined the term we're talking about, chubby cheber. he sang and danced the hit, unveiling a new ad campaign today promoting what's being called the extra help program. under the new law more than 1 million low-income seniors could be eligible for close to $4 thounz in prescription drug assistance. chubby checker. >>> you can always check out cnn did the politics.com. >>> if anyone remembers 9/11, it's certainly rudy giuliani, but he seemed to suggest this morning that there weren't any domestic terror attacks during the bush presidency. just ahead he'll join us live. i'll ask him to clarify the red-hot remarks. medicare. it doesn't cover everything. and what it doesn't cover can cost you some money. that's why you should consider... an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan... insured by united healthcare insurance company. it can help cover some pd what medicare doesn't... so you could save up to thousands of dollars... in out-
entitlement programs like social security and medicare would escape any budget cuts. molly henneberg is live for us at the white house, so i guess the question here, molly, what is included and what is excluded in the spending freeze? >> reporter: hi, jon, the president wants to hold spending at 2010 levels through 2013. but it would only apply to nondefense discretionary spending and that means spending for most governments, departments and agencies. about 17% of the total federal budget. so, what -- that is what would be included. what would be excluded includes the following: the cost of the wars in iraq an afghanistan. foreign aid. homeland security and veterans administration. social security. medicare. medicaid. and those last three there alone, social security, medicare, medicaid, make up 59% of all federal spending each year and they would not be touched by the spending freeze. >> how much money do you save if you freeze these discretionary items. >> reporter: the white house says, if you did it for 2011 it would save between 10 and $15 billion and the white house projects, hey if yo
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to the president's bill, but asked in return for some relief of the reimbursement under medicare to the physicians elimination of this flawed formula that year after year after year forces the doctors to take these deep cuts so that they can't -- literally can't afford to continue to see medicare patients and of course the request, mr. speaker, at that particular meeting back in chicago probably last may or june of 2009 that there be some meaningful medical liability tort reform. the c.b.o., in fact, estimated that that would save $54 billion. just that one issue would save $54 billion. the c.b.o. says over 10 years, mr. speaker, i respectfully suggest that's a most conservative estimate on their part. i think it would be $54 billion each and every year over the next 10 years. but in any regard, i am blessed tonight to be joined by a number of the members of the g.o.p. doctors' caucus, and we're going to talk about the main theme of tonight, and that is the issue of transparency. and i want to get into that in just a second. nothing could be more important, particularly at this point, this 11th ho
to more commons. for example, with the healthcare, it is medicare and medicaid going bankrupt. if you brought in as the private insurers are able to jury began bring in healthy individuals to medicare -- are able to bring in and cherry pick healthy individuals -- perhaps a sliding scale -- it could bring healthy individuals paying full premiums into medicare to balance out the expenses we have now to pay for 65 and over. as you get older more medical bills. i would be interested to see c- span have some accountant or actuarial come in to run the numbers that exist for the private health insurers and have them make their profits. how to make medicare at a fee. host: banks, we will go at this point because we will have an hour-long later on health care. today concerning the senate, your view, the independent line from anderson, indiana. caller: it is truly disgusting after the display of the health care fiasco you have seen. the conservative an element is tearing up the fabric of democracy. after watching the sonia sotomayor confirmation hearings you have a 99 white guys who question pe
- term liabilities is medicare, medicaid, and health care spending. nothing comes close. social security would probably fix the same way to and ronald reagan sat down together and could figure something out. that is manageable. medicare and medicaid are a massive problem down the road. that is going to be what our children have to worry about. paul's approach, i want to be careful to not simplify this because i know you have a lot of detail in your plan, but i understand it to say that we will provide doctors of some sort for current medicare recipients at the current level. 55 and over. there is a grandfathering in for future beneficiaries. i just want to point out that i have read it. the basic idea is that at some point, we hold medicare costs per recipient constant as a way of making sure that it does not go way out of black. i am sure there are some details -- we hold medicare costs per recipient constant as a way of making sure that it does not have things going out of wahack. it has to be reformed for the younger generations because it is going bankrupt. why not give people the sa
% rate increase? senior citizens in my district on average saw a 45% increase in their medicare advantage plans. 45% one year increase. that's simply unsustainable and the government certainly is never going to balance its budget without addressing the cost of health care. the gentleman from ohio. mr. ryan: i'd like to say that this happened. we didn't end up here, you know, a couple of octobers ago and all of a sudden things were just -- happened. our government was controlled by a conservative, neoconservative ideology for most of the first decade in this country. or of this century. from 2000 to 2008 they controlled the white house and from 2000 to 2006 they controlled the congress. implemented their economic philosophy. hook, line and sinker. it got implemented, they controlled all the levers of government, passed their supply side economics, cut taxes for the wealthiest, that will stimulate the economy and, you know, everything will take care of itself, deregulate wall street, everyone will be honest with each other, no one would possibly do anything wrong if we just weren't watching
has a sweetheart deal to let people out of medicare advantage. he has a deal for a number of counties in florida. 13 different democrat senators have said, we want something special for us. harry reid said if you didn't get something special for you, you are not doing a good job. >> greta: did any republican senator get any special care in this health care bill? >> not that i saw. i think the bill is terrible and i think the republicans uniformly saw that, it raises taxes, cuts medicare and it is going to cause families in america to have their premiums go up and even the medicare people say that >> greta: do you believe that senator ben nelson we he accepted his 300 million, do you believe he was thinking that every state should and would get that? >> no, not at all. >> greta: what is that? >> winston churchill would have called it a term logical inexactitude. he to come up with something that's the best he could come up with. he said on the principle of where he stood on federal funding and abortion. then he gives into language not the language that people who feel that way wanted.
, what are entitlements? medicare, social security, veterans benefits, things that cannot be controlled that if you're entitled to them, you get them. and you look at interest on the debt is what -- is 5%. if you look at discretionary defense, it's 18%. and if you look at everything else the federal government does that everybody talks about: education, agriculture, justice, education, the 22 departments in homeland security, it is just 16% of what is spent. so if you add together the 50% and the 5% of interest, you see 55% of everything the federal government spends this year cannot -- cannot be controlled. you have to spend it. and so all the rest that's discretionary is rather small in comparison. if you project that out ten years -- and i must tell you, new numbers are coming out tomorrow, so this is the latest number that i have -- entitlements go up to 56% and interest on the debt to 14%. so that is 70% of everything that is spent in the year 2019 if things are projected forward cannot be controlled. discretionary defense is 16% and nondiscretionary -- again, everything else -- 14
security. and medicare. people are worried about and no one is talking about. that is what the tea party is all about -- leave social security alone and leave medicare alone and if democrats tried to protect the -- protected, maybe they will keep the seats. but when they keep threatening $500 billion for medicare, 20 million illegal immigrants to get the jobs, they will let a problem. host: are you involved with the tea party or watching from the sidelines? caller: just watching from the sidelines but understand our point. to many people doing our jobs -- nobody wants to talk about illegal immigration. the president is turning his back on it and people are fed up, especially when they talk about social security and medicare. i am a baby boomer. my wife will be caught -- retire pretty soon. we are waiting for this and a lot of people feel the same way. host: doris is watching us from chicago on the democrats' line. caller: he did not mention anything about a 40,000 people who die every year who did not have health insurance. massachusetts told the people of the country, the only state tha
to lower the costs of medicare and medicaid and it will not cost anybody anything. that is great politics, it is just not true. so there has got to be some test of realism in any of thesexd proposals, mine included. i have to hold myself accountable and guarantee the american people will hold me accountable if what i am selling does not actually deliver. >> mr. president, a point of clarification. what is in the better solutions book are all the legislative proposals that were offered. >> i understand that. i have actually read your bills. >> through 2009. >> i a understand. -- i understand. >> the summary document you receive this backed up by precisely the kind of detailed legislation that speaker pelosi android restoration have been busy ignoring for 12 months. >> i have read your legislation. i take a look at this stuff and the good ideas we take. here is the thing that all this have to be mindful of. it cannot be all nothing, one way or the other. would the mean by that is thisÑi if we put together a stimulus package in which a third of it are tax cuts that normally you'd support an
taxes cut a half trillion from medicare affect veterans care i think we can do it better to be the 41st center and bring -- senator and bring it back to the drawing bore if you look at -- really almost a parochial manner we need to look out for massachusetts first. i've felt as a legislator and citizen i felt we haven't done that well. we've always thought about maybe washington first or the party first. the thing that i'm hearing throughout the state is, what about us? i was asked many times what kind of republican i would be? i didn't know how to answer that so i said i'm going to be a scott brown republican. maybe there's a new breed of republican coming to washington. somebody not beholding to the special interests of the party and will look to just to solve problems. i've always been that way. you remember, i supported clean elections. i'm a self-imposed term limits person. i believe strongly we are there to serve the people. we are there to do a . i, like many others throughout the country, when we're talking about what so and so said in his book and what so and so said here. my r
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say that. i would just tell them if we do nothing, the medicare trust fund would be exhausted in seven years. the plan we have before the senate would extend the life of medicare for nine more years. if we do nothing, there will be 57 million americans uninsured instead of 47 million in just a few years and the cost of the average health insurance plan for the average family of four will double in the next ten years if we do nothing. that's why we think this is a serious issue. >> schieffer: i don't think anybody would argue that it is not a serious issue, senator durbin. let me just ask you this. what senator mccain said. he said he is willing to try to get some republicans to sit down with democrats and see what you agree on. what would be wrong with that just saying here's what out there. we agree with this. we don't agree with that and pass what you agree on. wouldn't that be a start? >> there's nothing wrong with it. but, bob, for the record, president obama met personally with the republican leaders in the house and senate before this began and engaged them and asked them, be par
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like social security and medicare. but it was a proposal that both republicans and democrats, i hoped, would like enough to move forward. the spending problem we have, mr. president, is like a cancer, and this chamber refuses to seek any treatment. and while i did not like the proposal completely, i at least supported it because i knew we needed to do something. our spending is out of control. we have a $12 trillion debt. the deficit of last year was was $1.4 trillion, more than the past four years in the bush administration combined. now, i am new to this chamber, so the bizarre still seems bizarre to me, and perhaps the longer you're here, bizarre starts to seem normal. but we cannot spend more than we take in. we cannot continue to amass a debt that our children are going to have to pay for. right now, we have to go borrow money from countries like china because we can no longer raid social security and medicare because those programs now need those dollars to be paid out. but at some point, this country is going to have to pay the piper. at some point, we're going to have to drama
a sweetheart deal to let people out of medicare advantage there. is a sweetheart deal for a number of counties in florida. 13 different senators said we want something special for us. and said if you didn't get it you're not doing a good job. >> did any republican senator get a special deal in this bill? >> not that i saw. i think the bill is terrible and republicans uniformly saw that. which is why all 40 of us voted against it. it raises taxes and going to cause families in america to have their premium goes up. >> do you believe that senator ben nelson when he accepted his $300 million deal, do you believe that he, at the time was thinking every state should and would get that? >> no. >> that is -- what is that? what is that? >> winston churchhill would have called it. >> this is like, he's come up with this now. >> well, you laugh. >> he had to come up with something that. inteft he can come up with. he said he's going to withhold the vote on the principle of where he stood on federal funding and abortion. then, all of a sudden gives into language that is not the language people wanted and
between the senate and the house. the medicare ak chau wary is looking at the bill as it now stands. a report says it would grow health care expenditures, and it says that it believes unrealistic things to obtain. is the president comfortable with the cost curve? is it bent enough as it now stands or in negotiating a final compromise, do you need to bend it more? >> certainly the medicare is a group that looks at it, and the council of economic advisers has done a lot of work looking at what the cbo is projecting, and we feel confident based on their numbers and on the joint taxation, the senate version of the bill would generally slow the growth of the cost about 1% near year, which may sound small but it's enormous. i think the important thing is, the president made this a priority. >> the administration is committed. the new budget is coming up in a few weeks, they say they will try to do more to tackle the spending problem. the administration believed spending was necessary, and running up nor deficit was necessary, and now as you shift to try to control the deficit as well as t
a deal that i think is unworkable for a medicare advantage in florida didn't apply anywhere else in the country or any new floridians after this year. if you go through the senate bill with a fine tooth comb it is staggering how many special deals there were. part of way the secret negotiation is wrong. we have no idea what is in, what is out, what has been added to this bill in these secret negotiations in the white house. >> greta: that statement didn't help. i'm going to post it on greta wire. any way, mr. speaker, thank you. next senator mccain accuses democrats of unsavory chicago-style backroom politics, ouch! that's just the beginning. senator mccain on health care, next. . get senator mccain right here and right now. on the table health care. senator nice to see you, sir! >> thank you greta, nice to be with you. >> greta: before we get into the discussion about health care which is dominating much of the national buzz and talk. i want to talk to you about haiti. what do you recommend? what can we do to help the people of haiti? it is absolutely catastrophic what has happe
of the baby-boomers, 1.5 million seniors will be eligible for medicare. 1.2 million the year after that and that's more than double we have retiring this year. we will see an explosion of entitlement costs that will make this dev stit look small, compare to the long term and he is doing nothing. medicare, medicaid, social security -- he's doing nothing to touch those. caller: let me be the simpleton that i can be. when i had a business, we needed to generated business to pay for the lights and the copier and everything else. the focus should be on the stimulus bill. if it's working and generating all of these jobs which will then generate tax income. if it is not working, we need to go to plan b., really fast. frankly, i don't see the jobs numbers. i don't see the jobs and unemployment. it is not working. but we need to generate income. tax cuts, different employers? i don't know what it is. >> you could repeal a parted of the increase in the stimulus package. that would be a real cut, saying we are not spending this. caller: that's $523 billion less. >> if you look at where it's w
affairs, homeland security, and foreign aid. it also would not apply to social security or medicare, medicaid, programs which are expected to account for 59% of federal spending this year. this freeze could apply to pretty much anything else from farm subsidies to transportation, to national parks. but the white house reports nobody is going to just start cutting stuff as they put it willy-nilly. >> the president will cut programs that are duplicative or serve what he believes is no important purpose. >> shepard: well, the white house says this freeze could save 10 to $15 billion next year. a little perspective? that's roughly 1% of next year's projected deficit. the freeze proposal brought a blunt response from the office of the house minority leader. congressman john boehner spokesman releasing a statement that reads: give washington democrats unprecedented spending bing, this is like announcing that you you're going on a diet after winning a pie-eating contest. for that matter, some democrats don't seem too enthusiastic either. major garrett is our senior white house corresponde
spending. that means medicare, medicaid, social security, especially as the baby boom population retires. those numbers are will go right on you. this commission idea was intended to get at those entitlements and to get at the tax revenue to help close that gap of one third. and in order to be effective, it needed teeth. what the congress did today was to take the teeth out of it. that is not only a setback here, but will cause a lot of our foreign creditors to question are we going to pay our bills, or will we be forced to start raising interest rates? that would be very dangerous indeed. >> yeah, because the only other option is to raise taxes. there's not a great appetite to do that. if you're not going after the social security, medicare, medicaid or defense spending, which is sort of eliminated, that's where most of the money is. >> that's what willie sutton would say. he would have to go after entitlements, because that's where the money is, and that's why you rob banks, as he said, that's where the money was. i must tell you, on the eve of the president's state of the union addres
that medicare does not go bankrupt and there's a way to charge people 5.25% and up, allow us to buy into medicare and pay the full premium. there's a lot of healthy people to pay into medicare and it would counter balance all the older people using medicare and gove)nment insurance, health insurance funds. harry reed let us down on the healthcare reform and there's way - europeans have a gas tax to pay for healthcare. we use 84 million barrels of oil in this country a day. we could pay for healthcare by putting a dollar a tax on gasoline and harry reed let us down by not walking the walk. count less hours on that issue as well. app)eciate your comments on senator reid. roy, republican line. you're on c-span. good morning. caller: i love my country and all it's people so much. i'm so tired of groups being pitted against each other. this is simple when you think about it. the people who support god given free will verses those that don't and you call in and they tell you what you should and shouldn't talk about. that makes my point right there. sir, you can talk about anything you wa
down premiums, bring down the deficit, cover the uninsured, strengthen medicare for seniors and stop insurance company abuses, let me know. let me know. i'm eager to see it. here's what i ask congress, though. don't walk away from reform. not now. not when we are so close. let us find a way to come together and finish the job for the american people. let's get it done. let's get it done. now, even if health care reform would reduce our deficit, it's not enough to dig us out of a massive fiscal hole in which we find ourselves. it's a challenge that makes all others that much harder to solve and one that's been subject to a lot of political posturing. so let me start the discussion of government spending by setting the record straight. at the beginning of the last decade the year 2000 america had a budget surplus of over $200 billion. by the time i took office, we had a one-year deficit of over $1 trillion and projected deficits of $8 trillion over the next decade. most of this was the result of not paying for two wars, two tax cuts, and a
-sixth of our economy, slash medicare by half a trillion, raise taxes by half a trillion, and drive insurance rates up for most of the rest of our country. and i think we heard a large and resounding message yesterday in one of the most if not the arguably most liberal states in america. the people of massachusetts spoke and spoke loudly. one concern i know a number of you had about the outcome of this election would be whether the new senator would be seated. soon. i'm convinced now that no gamesmanship will be played by the other side with regard to future votes in the senate thanks to senator jim webb of have virginia. he made it clear he will not participate in any additional health care votes prior to senator brown being sworn in. and i noticed elected officials in mass response for certifying it after two weeks say it can be certified as early as today. i don't think what we've seen with the cornhusker kickback, the louisiana purchase, the gatorade drafting the bill hyped closed doors, i think the majority has gotten the message. no more gamesmanship here. no more lack of transparency.
values of the democratic party, which include social security, medicare, medicaid, are exempt, and we understand that's the case, certainly i agree that dennis has a point. certainly our caucus will review an awful lot of this with interest. i think if the president uses a scalpel, if he is not going after this with a hatchet, that that's an approach that can work. and we're happy to roll up our sleeves and work alongside the president. >> mr. kucinich, congressman, the deficit, the current fiscal year which ends at the end of september, is pretty high by any standards. of course, this president said it was well over $1 trillion in deficit. do we run the risk of rolling deficit after deficit and scaring the hell out of the money markets to the point we can't borrow any money for the chinese anymore? the dollar begins to shrink. isn't there a danger even as a liberal, aren't you worried about a shrinking dollar? or not? >> well, we should be concerned about the deaf silt. the question is, how do you deal with the deficit? and what most economists, who want to look at deficit reduction
, but will not be if we don't make some changes. now, here's the good news. compared to medicare, social security is actually in reasonably good shape, and with some relatively small adjustments, you can have that solvent for a long time. so social security is going to be there. i know a lot of people are concerned about it. social security we can fix. now, in terms of the cola, the formula -- cola stands for cost of living allowance, so it's put in place to make sure that social security is keeping up with inflation. here's the problem. this past year, because of the severity of the recession, we didn't have inflation; we actually had deflation. so prices actually fell last year. as a consequence, technically, seniors were not eligible for a cost of living adjustment, to have it go up because prices did not go up in the aggregate. that doesn't mean that individual folks weren't being pinched by higher heating prices or what have you, but on average prices went down. here's what we did. working with these key members of congress here, we did vote to provide a $250 one-time payment to seniors, whi
elderly people may face a tax on a certain medicare program that they now have and that this could actually end up hurting lower income seniors the most and he gives details, specific stories about senior citizens and the kind of pain that they might feel in their pocketbooks. >> right. to avoid taking money in the pocket, they have this thing called medicare advantage. in medicare advantage, my mom actually has it, it's a tremendous boom and people are protective of it. they're allowed to go to private insurance and have them cover themselves. right now, they're going to tax that. won't that work be countederproductive to medicare advantage? there's no advantage. >> apparently, it will impose a tax on medicare, medicaid, the children's health insurance program, chip, and tricare which is for families of military dependents because they -- and because these particular plans have no profits to absorb the tax or pass it on, they'll have only one option and that is bob dole writes, to reduce health care services and that is bad. >> and we should point out that bob dole does say that
program. the medicare advantage program, medicare part b program, health care systems of switzerland or the netherlands arguably also germany contain many of the elements of the exchange. the health alliances are not which the clinton health plan wailled or exchanges. as were in our state based and private purchasing cooperatives which have been tried repeatedly and sometimes with success over the past two decades. the connecticut business industry association represented here today by mr. vogel represents a successful private purchasing cooperative. the of course will each model can be called an exchange they are in fact quite different. indeed the models represented by the house and senate bills are different in very significant ways. the focus of my paper and of my brief presentation this morning is on how the house and senate bills differ and on which model is most likely to result in the exchange the serbs' best the goals that an exchange is intended to fulfill. first, quickly let me ask you the question why do we need an exchange, what do we expect an exchange to accomplish. th
you get is an augmented reimbursement from medicaid and medicare. most federally qualified health centers have about 45, 50% of their patient population, medicaid. thus, they benefit from the augmented reimbursement. our patient population, 75% uninsured only 14% medicaid, it is very hard for us to see that we could be financially sustainable unless we are able to enhance a percentage of medicaid patients that we have. with the new health care bill, many of our patients would then be eligible for medicaid and for health insurance. >> reporter: so if this legislation becomes law you can sleep easier knowing you have a better shot at keeping your doors open? >> that, plus we know our patients will have choice. >> reporter: dr. irwin told me something fascinating. he said the threshold for a family of four to qualify for medicaid is $2400 a year. $2400 a year salary, unbelievable. he would like to see that changed. of course, we bring you the growing in popularity, our absolutely unaltered sampling of taking the temperature of americans. this is our louisiana first five. we are here
that working people have it too good, too much health care, too much social security and medicare, too much power on the job are inviting a repeat of 1994. now f. this doesn't signal a warning and you consider how many boots are on the ground labor dead, how much social networking they did and how much money they raised for democratic candidates f. this isn't a shot over the bow officially at the international press club, this is saying, hey, fellas, we're not going to be there in 2010. we're walking right down the road for a repeat of '94. what's your response to this this? >> i think you're right. there's a lot riding on how we strike a balance. and if you create a health care plan where middle class families feel like they are going backwards rather than forwards, that's a recipe for trouble. repealed within a year for the same reason and clinton health care plan, i think it really failed for that same reason. >> and finally congressman, i'm told that they are working on a compromise, that they would tax the top 2% income tax and then not go after taxing the health care benefits as much
medicare and will wreck job opportunities and will rack up immoral and unsustainable national debt we are going to hand to our children. people are saying this is why we are saying no to what the white house wants to ram down our throats today. so that disconnect is glaring, perplexing that even the comments today, via reid, pelosi, obama, they still don't get it. >> sean: especially the lead up to this, the payoff to unions if you supported barack obama and helped him get elected, you don't pay taxes. the louisiana purchase, cornhusker kickback. all of these things leading to the only way they can get this bill passed. now they are saying they are still going forward, is the term arrogant, out of touch, tone deaf, all of the above? >> it is all the above. votes in massachusetts yesterday was against that arrogance. when we talk about payoffs, backroom deals to get the health care vote purchased it is frustrating especially with the unions, i'm probably more of a pro union member gopper than many because i happen to like the blue collar men and women building this country and some hap
there with medicare. it is a caucus -- [unintelligible] we hear how they would prefer to go forward. but we will go forward. >> the message seems to be that they want to go in a more moderate direction. >> we have a responsibility to find common ground. 1/3 of the congress participated in those hearings in a bipartisan way. in many cases, some of the republican amendments were adopted. that made it clear that they are not for health care reform. we are. that is the extent that we can find our common ground between those two differences. it remains to be seen. the message from massachusetts is one that we have been hearing for a while about health care reform. it is really important -- and let me say this. as a former chair of the democratic party, i know that elections have an after-action review. there are many factors that contribute to the most votes. many people will be analyzing that for a while. there are times that there are as -- is public unease. let me just say that president obama, one year ago, stood on the steps of the capital and asked for actions to address the problems that our coun
't let the government put its hands on my medicare tax code -- medicare?" >> we are hoping to point out that that crisis is sufficiently imminent so that we have to move ahead, and we think that is likely to be persuasive. it is not that the leadership of the congress and the administration do not know about this problem. it is not that they do not know what some of the options are. but so far partisanship has prevailed, and we hope we can turn that around. >> i think it is obvious that the leadership in both houses know the problems are big and know it is bad. if we can just add to the trepidation, to the fear that this is something really big, and we'd better think big an act big and try to pull ourselves together so that we can politically we're doing something we would not otherwise do, we cannot do that if we're not addressing the problem in that way. one more. >> "new york times", senator dementia. one of the biggest things -- senator demomenciici. could you explain why you think that taxes have to be on the table? senator mitch mcconnell said the he would accept a cut spending co
but i'm certainly not in favor of higher taxes, cutting medicare half a trillion, affecting medical coverage for veterans and basically having a one size fits all. so i know what i don't want. now i'm looking forwarding to reading the bills and coming up with a plan because if it's something the president feels is important, i'm certainly willing to look at it. >> brown also met today with senator john mccain of arizona. fellow republican mccain, the 2008 presidential nominee. he was an early backer of brown early this year endorsing him in his campaign bid and mccain praised the new senator. take a listen. >> senator brown represents, i think, the dreams and the hopes and the frustrations that americans feel today, and they want the kind of leadership that the commonwealth of massachusetts just sent us. i'm pleased to have been an early supporter, even though a bit foolish at the time. i am very proud of his success. he won his campaign because of who he is, primarily, first of all, the individual that he is that knows how to communicate with the people of his state. >> that's just
will pay for the old. we did it with medicare, the young will pay for the old's health insurance. there's no sense on the part of the american people nor has it been sold to them that one group should pay for somebody else's health care. because that hasn't happened, every time we hear the word subsidy or mandate, we go crazy. that's why this thing hasn't sold. peter, thank you. thank you, chris. >>> up next, former republican congressman j.d. hayworth who's big with those tea party people. has taken the first step, quit his job. he's going to run, apparently -- primary john mccain in arizona. what a battle royale that will be. can mccain defend his right frank against j.d. hayworth with the help of sarah palin? announcer: trying to be good to your heart? so is campbell's healthy request soup. low in fat and cholesterol, heart healthy levels of sodium, and taste you'll love. chef: we're all kind of excited about it. guy: mmm! i can see why. announcer: campbell's healthy request. m'm! m'm! good! for your heart. >>> "time" magazine's man of the year, no good deed goes unpunished. ben bern
commission that would have fast tracked cuts in social security and medicare. and they achieved that. this thing now fits back in its proper place in a larger economic program. and takes on, i think, a very different hue in light of the fact the senate didn't go forward with conrad greg and the president said i'm going to do something by executive order. advisory commission does not have the same power to coerce the congress of that the legislative statutory commission would have had. >> fascinating observation. james galbraith, economist at the you don't know of texas. thanks for that and your time tonight, zblir pleasure. >>> the president obama was in a position to discuss the state of the economy in his first state of the union address to the men and women that voted him into office. huge groundswell of support from the liberal base. progressive reaction to his agenda tonight with a late breaking develop many on the arrest of james o'keefe and denial that any attempt was made by he and his fellow perpetrators to even tamper with the phones of senator landrieu. details next on "co
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